> >>So much from a novice who enjoyed the laughter when we realized that > no one came out unscathed.<< > > Try the following philosophy, adapted after a comment of Marianne > Taylor's: The Scottish country dance begins with a chord and ends > with a chord. When that final chord sounds, you have SUCCESSFULLY > completed a Scottish country dance. What happens in between those two > chords should be considered a private matter among friends and does > not determine whether the dance was successful. > > I've never asked Marianne whether all members of the set need to be > *still standing* at the second chord in order to make it "successful"; > has anyone else heard a similar statement from her? >
No, but Gene Fowler from San Diego has a similar attitude. He's often
assured me that all country dances are the same -- they all begin and end
with a chord.
If, perchance, Gene might go the wrong way in a dance, I'm sure those
nearest him can here he mutter under his breath "Details, details..." It
sure gave me
a new perspective on accuracy in country dance.